The Healing at Bethesda


After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Yehoshua went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Baiyt Hesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, blind, lame, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water; whoever then, after the troubling of the water, stepped in first was made whole of whatever disease he had.

And a certain man was there, who had an infirmity thirty eight years. When Yehoshua saw him laying down, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case,

He said to him, “Wilt thou be made whole?”

The impotent man answered him, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled to put me into the pool; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

  Yehoshua said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”

And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked. And on the same day was the Sabbath. Then the Jews said to him that was cured, “It is the Sabbath day; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

He answered them, “He that made me whole, the same said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.”

Then they asked him, “Which man is that who said to you, ‘Take up thy bed, and walk?”

And he that was healed did not know who it was, for Yehoshua had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

Afterward, Yehoshua found him in the temple, and said to him, “Look, you are made whole: sin no more, unless a worse thing come to you.”

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Yehoshua, who had made him whole.


~ John 5: 1-15 ~